Prof David Scourfield

Ancient Classics

Professor

Arts Building
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(01) 7083692

Biography

I came to Ireland to take up the Chair of Classics at NUI Maynooth in 1998. I cannot remember a time when I was not interested in ancient Greece and Rome, and at school in Wales I was fortunate to have a very inspiring Latin (and Greek) teacher, who did a great deal to shape my future. I studied for a BA in Classics at Jesus College, Oxford, and stayed on to write a doctoral thesis on the letters of Jerome under the supervision of Michael Winterbottom. After a period working in parliamentary administration in London, I took up a lectureship at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (‘Wits’) in 1984, became Head of Department four years later, and was appointed to the Jan Hofmeyr Chair of Classics in 1995. My career has been quite varied. In addition to teaching across a very wide range (from Homer to the Arab conquest of north Africa, and beyond), I have been fortunate to hold an array of interesting positions in several countries. I was joint editor of The Classical Review from 2002 to 2005, have for many years been an associated member of the Editorial Board of Akroterion (Stellenbosch, South Africa), and was formerly a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Scholia (Dunedin, New Zealand). From 2007 to 2013 I served as Chair of Council of the Classical Association, the largest subject organization for Classics in the UK, having previously (1997–8) held the post of Chair of the Classical Association of South Africa. I have also held appointments as Chair of the American Philological Association’s Committee on Classical Tradition and Reception (2013-14) and Vice-Chair of the Royal Irish Academy’s Committee for Classical and Near Eastern Studies (2010-13). I continue to represent the Royal Irish Academy on the Internationale Thesaurus-Kommission of the Thesaurus linguae Latinae, and am a member of (among other things) the Classical Reception Studies Network.

Books

  Year Publication
2007 Texts and Culture in Late Antiquity: Inheritance, Authority, and Change.
Scourfield, J. H. D. (ed.) (2007) Texts and Culture in Late Antiquity: Inheritance, Authority, and Change. : The Classical Press of Wales. [Details]
1993 Consoling Heliodorus: A Commentary on Jerome, Letter 60.
Scourfield, J. H .D. (1993) Consoling Heliodorus: A Commentary on Jerome, Letter 60. : Oxford University Press. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2013 'Towards a Genre of Consolation'
Scourfield, J. H. D. (2013) 'Towards a Genre of Consolation' In: Greek and Roman Consolations: Eight Studies of a Tradition and its Afterlife. Swansea: The Classical Press of Wales. [Details]
2007 'Textual Inheritances and Textual Relations in Late Antiquity'
Scourfield, J. H. D. (2007) 'Textual Inheritances and Textual Relations in Late Antiquity' In: Texts and Culture in Late Antiquity: Inheritance, Authority, and Change. Swansea: The Classical Press of Wales. [Details]
2003 'Anger and Gender in Chariton's Chaereas and Callirhoe'
Scourfield, J. H. D. (2003) 'Anger and Gender in Chariton's Chaereas and Callirhoe' In: Ancient Anger: Perspectives from Homer to Galen. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2012 'Euripides, Hippolytus 136'
Scourfield, J. H. D. (2012) 'Euripides, Hippolytus 136'. RHEINISCHES MUSEUM FÜR PHILOLOGIE, 155 :225-232 [Details]
2010 'Chaereas, Hippolytus, Theseus: Tragic Echoes, Tragic Potential in Chariton'
Scourfield, J. H. D. (2010) 'Chaereas, Hippolytus, Theseus: Tragic Echoes, Tragic Potential in Chariton'. PHOENIX-THE JOURNAL OF THE CLASSICAL ASSOCIATION OF CAN, 64 :291-313 [Details]
1997 'A Note on Jerome's Homily on the Rich Man and Lazarus'
Scourfield, J. H. D. (1997) 'A Note on Jerome's Homily on the Rich Man and Lazarus'. JOURNAL OF THEOLOGICAL STUDIES, 48 :536-539 [IR Link] [Details]
1996 'The De mortalitate of Cyprian: Consolation and Context'
Scourfield, J. H. D. (1996) 'The De mortalitate of Cyprian: Consolation and Context'. VIGILIAE CHRISTIANAE, 50 :12-41 [IR Link] [Details]
1995 'Consoling Heliodorus: A Reply to Marc Kleijwegt's Review'
Scourfield, J. H. D. (1995) 'Consoling Heliodorus: A Reply to Marc Kleijwegt's Review'. ACTA CLASSICA, 38 :107-111 [Details]
1992 'The Classics after Apartheid'
Scourfield, J. H. D. (1992) 'The Classics after Apartheid'. CLASSICAL JOURNAL, 88 :43-54 [IR Link] [Details]
1989 'Life, the Universe and Everything: An Intellectual History of Greece for the Innocent'
Scourfield, J. H. D. (1989) 'Life, the Universe and Everything: An Intellectual History of Greece for the Innocent'. AKROTERION, 34 :137-146 [Details]
1987 'Teaching Greek Tragedy in Translation: A Consolidated Approach'
Scourfield, J. H. D. (1987) 'Teaching Greek Tragedy in Translation: A Consolidated Approach'. AKROTERION, 32 :49-55 [Details]
1987 'Notes on the Text of Jerome, Letters 1 and 107'
Scourfield, J. H. D. (1987) 'Notes on the Text of Jerome, Letters 1 and 107'. CLASSICAL QUARTERLY, 37 :487-497 [IR Link] [Details]
1986 'Jerome, Antioch, and the Desert: A Note on Chronology'
Scourfield, J. H. D. (1986) 'Jerome, Antioch, and the Desert: A Note on Chronology'. JOURNAL OF THEOLOGICAL STUDIES, 37 :117-121 [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
1992 'Classics in Germany: A Personal Impression'
Scourfield, J. H. D. (1992) 'Classics in Germany: A Personal Impression' Aquae Candidae: Epistula Witwatersrandensis, 2 :18-20. [Details]
1990 'Martial and his Animals'
Scourfield, J. H. D. (1990) 'Martial and his Animals' Aquae Candidae: Epistula Witwatersrandensis, 1 :4-9. [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2013 University of Pennsylvania Classical Studies Colloquium.
(2013) University of Pennsylvania Classical Studies Colloquium. [Oral Presentation], Annexing Arcadia: Classical Space in the Short Fiction of E. M. Forster, University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, PA, USA . [Details]
2013 Research Lecture.
(2013) Research Lecture. [Oral Presentation], Roman Bereavement, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA . [Details]
2013 International Conference, 'Praise and the Construction of Character in Late Antiquity'.
(2013) International Conference, 'Praise and the Construction of Character in Late Antiquity'. [Oral Presentation], Undying Praise: Memorialization in the Consolatory Letters of Jerome, NUI Maynooth . [Details]
2013 RIA Colloquium, 'Death in the Ancient World'.
(2013) RIA Colloquium, 'Death in the Ancient World'. [Oral Presentation], Being Bereaved in Ancient Rome, Dublin . [Details]
2012 Colloquium, ‘Masks, Echoes, Shadows: Locating Classical Receptions in the Cinema’.
(2012) Colloquium, ‘Masks, Echoes, Shadows: Locating Classical Receptions in the Cinema’. [Oral Presentation], A Classical Lens for Eyes Wide Shut, Institute of Classical Studies, London . [Details]
2012 143rd Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association.
(2012) 143rd Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association. [Oral Presentation], Respondent in panel 'Antiquity in Action', Philadelphia, PA, USA . [Details]
2012 University of Liverpool Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology Seminar.
(2012) University of Liverpool Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology Seminar. [Oral Presentation], Annexing Arcadia: Classical Space in the Short Fiction of E. M. Forster, University of Liverpool . [Details]
2012 University of Manchester Classics and Ancient History Research Seminar.
(2012) University of Manchester Classics and Ancient History Research Seminar. [Oral Presentation], Exemplarity, Monumentality, and Self-Fashioning in Jerome's Letters of Consolation, University of Manchester . [Details]
2011 University of Cambridge Faculty of Classics Literature Seminar.
(2011) University of Cambridge Faculty of Classics Literature Seminar. [Oral Presentation], Exemplarity, Monumentality, and Self-Fashioning in Jerome’s Letters of Consolation, University of Cambridge . [Details]
2010 NUI Maynooth Classics Research Discussion Group Seminar.
(2010) NUI Maynooth Classics Research Discussion Group Seminar. [Oral Presentation], Exemplarity, Monumentality, and Self-Fashioning in Jerome’s Letters of Consolation, NUI Maynooth . [Details]
2010 University of Exeter Classics Seminar.
(2010) University of Exeter Classics Seminar. [Oral Presentation], Exemplarity, Monumentality, and Self-Fashioning in Jerome’s Letters of Consolation, University of Exeter . [Details]
2010 Masterclass on Spiritualities in Early Modern France. 1. The Consolatory Tradition.
(2010) Masterclass on Spiritualities in Early Modern France. 1. The Consolatory Tradition. [Oral Presentation], Consolation in Antiquity: Some Possible Misapprehensions, NUI Maynooth . [Details]
2009 Joint Conference of the Classical Association and the Classical Association of Scotland.
(2009) Joint Conference of the Classical Association and the Classical Association of Scotland. [Oral Presentation], A Forsterian Pastoral, University of Glasgow . [Details]
2009 140th Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association.
(2009) 140th Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association. [Oral Presentation], Respondent in panel ‘From Classical Tradition to Reception Studies II’, Philadelphia, PA, USA . [Details]
2009 Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association.
(2009) Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association. [Oral Presentation], Respondent in panel 'From Classical Tradition to Reception Studies II', Philadelphia, PA, USA . [Details]
2009 NUI Maynooth Classics Research Discussion Group Seminar.
(2009) NUI Maynooth Classics Research Discussion Group Seminar. [Oral Presentation], Trimalchio the Narcissist, NUI Maynooth . [Details]
2009 UCD Classics Society Lecture.
(2009) UCD Classics Society Lecture. [Oral Presentation], Petronius and the Poodle in the Microwave, University College Dublin . [Details]
2008 CADRE (Centre for Ancient Drama and its Reception) Seminar.
(2008) CADRE (Centre for Ancient Drama and its Reception) Seminar. [Oral Presentation], The Sophoclean Forster, University of Nottingham . [Details]
2007 RIA Colloquium, 'Greco-Roman Ghosts: Receptions of the Classical World in the 19th/20th Centuries'.
(2007) RIA Colloquium, 'Greco-Roman Ghosts: Receptions of the Classical World in the 19th/20th Centuries'. [Oral Presentation], E. M. Forster and the Greek Optative, Dublin . [Details]
2007 International Colloquium, ‘Acts of Consolation: Approaches to Grief and Mourning'.
(2007) International Colloquium, ‘Acts of Consolation: Approaches to Grief and Mourning'. [Oral Presentation], The Genre(s) of Consolation, Institute of Classical Studies, London . [Details]
2007 University of Edinburgh Department of Classics Research Seminar.
(2007) University of Edinburgh Department of Classics Research Seminar. [Oral Presentation], The Sophoclean Forster, University of Edinburgh . [Details]
2006 KYKNOS Seminar.
(2006) KYKNOS Seminar. [Oral Presentation], Violence and the Christian Heroine: Two Narratives of Desire, University of Wales, Swansea . [Details]
2006 International Conference, 'Jerome of Stridon'.
(2006) International Conference, 'Jerome of Stridon'. [Oral Presentation], Opportunitas mortis: Exemplarity and Self-Fashioning in Jerome's Letters of Consolation, Cardiff University . [Details]
2006 137th Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association.
(2006) 137th Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association. [Oral Presentation], The Academic Deejay: Classics Book Reviewing and the Limits of Editorial Control, Montreal, Canada . [Details]

Book Review

  Year Publication
2013 Classics and South Africa: Review of M. Lambert, The Classics and South African Identities (London and New York, 2011).
Scourfield, J. H. D. (2013) Classics and South Africa: Review of M. Lambert, The Classics and South African Identities (London and New York, 2011). Book Review [Details]
2011 Review of A. Cain, The Letters of Jerome: Asceticism, Biblical Exegesis, and the Construction of Christian Authority in Late Antiquity (Oxford, 2009).
Scourfield, J. H. D. (2011) Review of A. Cain, The Letters of Jerome: Asceticism, Biblical Exegesis, and the Construction of Christian Authority in Late Antiquity (Oxford, 2009). Book Review [Details]
2005 Dulce, sed periculosum? Review of D. West, Horace Odes III: Dulce Periculum (Oxford, 2002).
Scourfield, J. H. D. (2005) Dulce, sed periculosum? Review of D. West, Horace Odes III: Dulce Periculum (Oxford, 2002). Book Review [Details]
2003 Review of A. Canellis (ed.), S. Hieronymi Presbyteri Opera. III. Opera Polemica. 4. Altercatio Luciferiani et Orthodoxi (Corpus Christianorum, Series Latina, 79B; Turnhout, 2000).
Scourfield, J. H. D. (2003) Review of A. Canellis (ed.), S. Hieronymi Presbyteri Opera. III. Opera Polemica. 4. Altercatio Luciferiani et Orthodoxi (Corpus Christianorum, Series Latina, 79B; Turnhout, 2000). Book Review [Details]
2001 Review of P. Freeman, Ireland and the Classical World (Austin, Texas, 2001).
Scourfield, J. H. D. (2001) Review of P. Freeman, Ireland and the Classical World (Austin, Texas, 2001). Book Review [Details]
2001 Written Death: Review of A. Petrucci (tr. M. Sullivan), Writing the Dead: Death and Writing Strategies in the Western Tradition (Stanford, 1998).
Scourfield, J. H. D. (2001) Written Death: Review of A. Petrucci (tr. M. Sullivan), Writing the Dead: Death and Writing Strategies in the Western Tradition (Stanford, 1998). Book Review [Details]
1999 Review of I. Hilberg (ed.), Sancti Eusebii Hieronymi Epistulae, 2nd, augmented, edn., Parts 1–3 (Corpus scriptorum ecclesiasticorum Latinorum, 54, 55, 56/1), and M. Kamptner (compiler), Sancti Eusebii Hieronymi Epistulae, Part 4: Indexes and Addenda (Corpus scriptorum ecclesiasticorum Latinorum, 56/2) (Vienna, 1996).
Scourfield, J. H. D. (1999) Review of I. Hilberg (ed.), Sancti Eusebii Hieronymi Epistulae, 2nd, augmented, edn., Parts 1–3 (Corpus scriptorum ecclesiasticorum Latinorum, 54, 55, 56/1), and M. Kamptner (compiler), Sancti Eusebii Hieronymi Epistulae, Part 4: Indexes and Addenda (Corpus scriptorum ecclesiasticorum Latinorum, 56/2) (Vienna, 1996). Book Review [Details]
1999 Review of G. B. Conte (tr. E. Fantham), The Hidden Author: An Interpretation of Petronius’ Satyricon (Berkeley, Los Angeles, and London, 1996).
Scourfield, J. H. D. (1999) Review of G. B. Conte (tr. E. Fantham), The Hidden Author: An Interpretation of Petronius’ Satyricon (Berkeley, Los Angeles, and London, 1996). Book Review [Details]
1998 Review of M. Grant, The Severans: The Changed Roman Empire (London, 1996).
Scourfield, J. H. D. (1998) Review of M. Grant, The Severans: The Changed Roman Empire (London, 1996). Book Review [Details]
1997 Review of S. J. Harrison (ed.), Homage to Horace: A Bimillenary Celebration (Oxford, 1995); D. Innes, H. Hine, and C. Pelling (eds.), Ethics and Rhetoric: Classical Essays for Donald Russell on his Seventy-Fifth Birthday (Oxford, 1995); R. G. M. Nisbet, Collected Papers on Latin Literature, ed. S. J. Harrison (Oxford, 1995).
Scourfield, J. H. D. (1997) Review of S. J. Harrison (ed.), Homage to Horace: A Bimillenary Celebration (Oxford, 1995); D. Innes, H. Hine, and C. Pelling (eds.), Ethics and Rhetoric: Classical Essays for Donald Russell on his Seventy-Fifth Birthday (Oxford, 1995); R. G. M. Nisbet, Collected Papers on Latin Literature, ed. S. J. Harrison (Oxford, 1995). Book Review [Details]
1995 Review of T. D. Barnes, Athanasius and Constantius: Theology and Politics in the Constantinian Empire (Cambridge, Mass., 1993).
Scourfield, J. H. D. (1995) Review of T. D. Barnes, Athanasius and Constantius: Theology and Politics in the Constantinian Empire (Cambridge, Mass., 1993). Book Review [Details]
1995 Review of J. den Boeft and A. Hilhorst (eds.), Early Christian Poetry: A Collection of Essays (Leiden, 1993).
Scourfield, J. H. D. (1995) Review of J. den Boeft and A. Hilhorst (eds.), Early Christian Poetry: A Collection of Essays (Leiden, 1993). Book Review [Details]
1994 Review of R. S. Miola, Shakespeare and Classical Comedy: The Influence of Plautus and Terence (Oxford, 1994).
Scourfield, J. H. D. (1994) Review of R. S. Miola, Shakespeare and Classical Comedy: The Influence of Plautus and Terence (Oxford, 1994). Book Review [Details]
1981 Review of G. J. M. Bartelink, Hieronymus: Liber de optimo genere interpretandi (Epistula 57): Ein Kommentar (Mnemosyne Supplements, 61; Leiden, 1980).
Scourfield, J. H. D. (1981) Review of G. J. M. Bartelink, Hieronymus: Liber de optimo genere interpretandi (Epistula 57): Ein Kommentar (Mnemosyne Supplements, 61; Leiden, 1980). Book Review [Details]

Editorial

  Year Publication
2005 Classical Review 55.1: Editorial.
Powell, J. G. F. and Scourfield, J. H .D. (2005) Classical Review 55.1: Editorial. Editorial [Details]
2005 Classical Review 55.2: Editorial.
Powell, J. G. F. and Scourfield, J. H. D. (2005) Classical Review 55.2: Editorial. Editorial [Details]
2004 Classical Review 54.1: Editorial.
Powell, J. G. F. and Scourfield, J. H. D. (2004) Classical Review 54.1: Editorial. Editorial [Details]
2004 Classical Review 54.2: Editorial.
Powell, J. G. F. and Scourfield, J. H. D. (2004) Classical Review 54.2: Editorial. Editorial [Details]
2003 Classical Review 53.2: Editorial.
Powell, J. G. F. and Scourfield, J. H. D. (2003) Classical Review 53.2: Editorial. Editorial [Details]
2003 Classical Review 53.1: Editorial.
Powell, J. G. F. and Scourfield, J. H. D. (2003) Classical Review 53.1: Editorial. Editorial [Details]